Topic: cancer

New research explores role of genetics in smoking and lung cancer

May 15, 2012 In 2008, three different studies found that certain genetic variants associated with nicotine dependence and smoking were also associated with lung cancer. The findings raised a question: Were the variants linked with lung cancer only through their association with…

Expert panel releases report on environmental links to breast cancer

While a yearlong study of potential environmental causes of breast cancer in women failed to pinpoint links with any chemicals, pesticides, or consumer products, that doesn’t mean these chemicals are safe, according to David Hunter, dean for academic affairs and professor of…

HSPH researchers identify key mechanism in cellular growth process

March 13, 2013 — A new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers is the first to identify the primary mechanism controlling a metabolic process essential for cell growth and proliferation. This pathway is centered around the mTOR protein, which…

HSPH researchers uncover how a key inflammatory pathway is regulated

July 2, 2012 -- Findings could help identify new therapeutic targets for inflammatory diseases A team of scientists led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers has discovered how a protein complex known as the NLRP3 inflammasome, part of the immune system,…

Author discusses transformative battle with breast cancer at book launch

November 6, 2012 -- The difficult but transforming experience of facing and surviving cancer takes center stage in the personal and professional saga, Beauty Without the Breast, by Felicia Marie Knaul (Harvard University Press, 2012). An economist who has lived and worked on health and…